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Walking on Art

Explorations in Carpet Design

Deirdre Dyson

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A jargon-free introduction to the techniques of contemporary carpet design and creation

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Walking on Art explores contemporary carpet design from a practitioner's viewpoint. A foreword by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling contextualizes Deirdre Dyson's award-winning work within discussions about art and design, and then Dyson herself reflects on her long experience of designing exquisite luxury carpets.

The chapter 'Techniques' introduces the traditional methods that create these carpets, and how these conventions can be manipulated to create stunning effects. 'Process' then explores the steps - from inspiration to making, that lie behind any design. These chapters are followed by Dyson's collections. Illustrated in full, they demonstrate her love of colour and her range of inspirations, from butterflies to sea shells.

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'Lusciously illustrated with pictures of colourful, modern carpet designs, all of which are handmade in Nepal'
Sunday Times

'Explains Deirdre’s practise and techniques in colourful detail'

'This book should be treasured by designers of interiors'
Sir Terence Conran

'This is a collection of elegant, witty, beautiful work. Deirdre Dyson's carpets are art with a purpose. This mightily talented lady will change the common view of what we work, walk and play on'
Sir Kenneth Grange

'Very interesting reading for anyone who loves to work in wool or silk'
The Lady

'A beautiful book'
BBC Radio Bristol

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 33.5 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Publication date: 14 September 2015

ISBN: 9780500518052

Contents List

Foreword by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling • Introduction • Techniques • Process • Linear • V&A Commissions • Butterflies • Mosaic • Wildflowers • Designs from the Deep The Seashore • Illusion

About the Author

Lady Dyson met her husband James when both were students at the Byam Shaw School of Art, and has since exhibited her oil paintings in London and New York. She began designing carpets fourteen years ago, initially for her own home, which she subsequently developed into a successful business. She has a store on the King’s Road in London, and in 2013 was the winner of ‘Best Studio Artist Design’ at the DOMOTEX Carpet Design Awards.

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